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Department of English and Modern Languages
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Eric White works on American modernism in the transatlantic context, and his research focuses on avant-garde writing, literary networks, and technology. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, before beginning his postgraduate work at the University of Cambridge, which was supported by a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Before starting at Oxford Brookes, he taught English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Edinburgh. He has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships by Yale University, where he was the Gallup Fellow in American Literature at the Beinecke Library, and by the University of Edinburgh, where he was the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities' charter Newby Trust Fellow. He also held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford in 2012. In 2014 Eric founded the Avant-Gardes and Speculative Technology (AGAST) Project, which re-imagines the inventions of experimental writers and artists using Augmented Reality technology. The AGAST Project has been profiled at AHRC, TEDx, and other cultural and outreach events.
Reading Machines in the Modernist Transatlantic provides a new account of aesthetic and technological innovation, from the Machine Age to the Information Age. Drawing on a wealth of archival discoveries, it argues that modernist vanguardists used technology not only as a means of analysing and critiquing culture, but as a way of feeding back into it. As well as uncovering a new invention by the poet Mina Loy, and revealing the untold story of Bob and Rose Brown’s infamous reading machines, the book places avant-gardes at the centre of innovation across a variety of fields. From Dazzle Camouflage to Reading Machines, and from rail networks to broadcast technology, White explores how avant-gardes combined technicity and aesthetics to provoke socio-political change and to explore new modes of being modern.
Selected Conference Papers, Plenaries, and Panel Chairing